And that is a story that NO ONE can beat!

Dr. Seuss published his first children’s book, “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” in 1937 and it was an instant hit with parents and children. The story’s free spirit and wild illustrations shook up the children’s book scene which at the time was mostly focused on teaching children lessons and manners.

This year marks the book’s 75th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than by releasing an interactive omBook edition! Download And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street for your Apple or Android device and experience the story that started it all. You’ll find it hard to believe that Dr. Seuss almost burned this manuscript out of frustration from it being rejected so many times. In fact, he nearly gave up entirely on writing children’s books — we’re so glad he didn’t!

— Fun facts about Mulberry Street —

The manuscript was rejected by twenty-seven publishing houses for being too different and edgy. He was told that “neither fantasy nor verse sold well and that his story lacked a moral or lesson.”

Dr. Seuss was ready to give up on the book when he ran into a friend from college, Mike McClintock, who had just become juvenile editor of Vanguard Press. McClintock asked to take a look at the manuscript and ended up publishing it.

The young boy in the story, Marco, was named after Mike and Helene McClintock’s own son.

The original title of the book was “A Story That No One Can Beat.” The president of Vanguard Press asked Dr. Seuss to give it a snappier title.

The rhymes were written to the rhythm of chugging engines on the Swedish ship the M.S. Kungsholm while Dr. Seuss was on a vacation with his wife, Helen.

Mulberry Street is an actual street in Springfield, Massachusetts, less than one mile from Dr. Seuss’ childhood home on Fairfield Street. It is now a tourist destination containing many historical buildings and sites, including a plaque referencing Dr. Seuss and the book that made the street famous!

Watch a video preview of the omBook!

Did you read Dr. Seuss books when you were a child? What was your favorite story? Leave your answer in the comments for a chance to win And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch!

** The winner has been randomly chosen & is Kelli Morton. Congratulations, Kelli! Please look for an email from us. **

28 Responses to “And that is a story that NO ONE can beat!”

  1. Erika says:

    Just discovered the blog here as I am investigating getting into the world of digital publishing. Great tribute to Dr. Seuss here.

    I enjoyed many books by Dr. Seuss (and enjoy them even more now with my son) but I have to go with One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish as my favorite.

  2. Samantha A says:

    Green Eggs & Ham …

  3. Wendy Jamison says:

    And to think that I saw it on Mulberry street was my favorite as a child because we walked to and from school on Mulberry Street ourselves!

  4. Niamh says:

    I actaully never read Dr Seuss books as a child – grew up in Eurpoe – but I have enjoyed discovering them & reading them to my young son. One of our favorite authors. Lots of favorites including Hop on Pop, Ten Apples up on Top, I can Read with my Eyes Wide Shut, Fox in Socks, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket, Mr. Brown Can Moo Can you?. I could go on . . . .

  5. Jennifer says:

    @Wendy-wow!Would I have loved to walk in your shoes! Way wicked! I loved them all, from ABC, Green Eggs and Ham, but still love how the Grinch stole Christmas the most!

  6. Kate Stinnett says:

    I can remember when I first laid eyes on Green Eggs And Ham, it was unlike any other book I had seen or read! His rhymes really captured me and I’ve been in love ever since! He really “broke the mold” and I love him for that!

  7. Cathy Mealey says:

    Horton Hears A Who and Horton Hatches An Egg…just love that big goofy gentle giant!

  8. Cassandra says:

    Green Eggs and Ham and Hop on Pop as a kid. Love How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

  9. Kelli Morton says:

    Yes!! My favorites were Horton Hears A Who and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!!!!

  10. David Ferrandino says:

    Mulberry Street is a great looking book. I never had dr Seuss books but I remember the first time I saw dr Seuss book when I was 12. I liked the cat in the hat. Now my son jake loves every one and he would love this one

  11. Michelle McNutt says:

    The Cat in The Hat and Green Eggs and Ham! My daughter now loves The Cat in the Hat!!

  12. Joy Caffrey says:

    Green eggs and ham now Horton hears a who!

  13. Amanda says:

    I loved Cat in the Hat. Would love to win Mulberry Street for my son. Many Thnaks.

  14. Shandiin says:

    Cat in the hat, how the grinch…, green eggs and ham, plus many others. Love these books!!

  15. Diane says:

    I actually learned to read with “Put Me in the Zoo.” I then used that book to “teach” my younger brother how to read. He remembered and credited me with teaching him how to read on his wedding day. No denying the power of Seus! Thanks and good luck with the launch.

  16. Janine Bowman says:

    Growing up, my favorite book was Horton Hatches the Egg. I read the Dr. Seuss books to my children and one of their favorites is What Was I Scared Of? I love reading the Dr. Seuss books to the children.

  17. SarA says:

    Definitely yertle the turtle! I loved that book!

  18. Grace says:

    I discovered Dr Seuss books when my eldest was born 18 years ago and have since introduced them to all my 4 kids. They all love Dr Seuss books and have their own favorites from the Beginner to the Classic series. My personal favorite is ‘Oh, the places you’ll go!’

  19. Heidi Kelly says:

    I love “The Cat in the Hat” and I even dressed up as the cat at our book week parade last year along with at least 10 children!

  20. MJ says:

    My favorite was Horton Hatches The Egg > My favorite as a kindergarten teacher is Daisy Head Mayzie. There are so many great activities to do with it. It’s always “new” to my students. I love introducing them to new “old” books. :)

  21. Katie says:

    I LOVED Dr Seuss growing up and now have the privilege of reading the books to my son. I always loved Cat In The Hat and my son’s favorite is Go Dog, Go!

  22. Helen Wagner says:

    The Cat in the Hat is my favorite. I did not see how those children would get that mess cleaned up. I love Dr Seuss day at school and we all dress up. Would love to have Dr Seuss on my school iPad!

  23. Christine H says:

    Oh I loved so many of Dr. Seuss’ books growing up that I couldnt pick… right now my son’ s favorite as we begin to explore Dr. Seuss is Hand, Hand, Finger Thumb… he just loves monkeys and music so how could we go wrong!

  24. Pam Howard says:

    My favorite was Dr. Seuss’ ABC’s because I loved the rhythm. I can still quote the whole book from memory today and loved reading It to my guys when theywere little!

  25. amy says:

    The Cat and the Hat Comes Back. The pink stain really freaked me out!

  26. Valerie Maples says:

    It would be fair to say that I never met a Dr. Seuss book that I didn’t love, but I have special fondness for “Oh, the places you’ll go” and green eggs and ham. My daughter loves using an iPad to read books to her caregivers children, and by far the Dr. Seuss books are the most popular! Thanks for giving us all so much to enjoy. :-)

  27. AJ says:

    I love Dr. Seuss stories. My kids started learning to read with Dr. Suess books. Now they are older and want to use my Android with Kindle Reader. These book apps are great!

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